Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources Opens Nominations for Class XII
The UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (WLIANR) is soliciting nominations for Class XII of its two-year leadership development program.
Utilizing 11 multi-day seminars throughout Florida, the United States and internationally, WLIANR develops leaders to ensure a strong and adaptable Florida agriculture and natural resources industry for generations to come. WLIANR aims to prepare leaders to assume greater responsibilities in their organizations, industries, and communities; create strategic alliances to build strong networks; analyze complex issues to influence constructive change and to develop a better understanding of self and others, as well as the diverse communities in which we live and work.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must:
• be at least 25 years old;
• have resided in Florida for a minimum of one year;
• receive a substantial portion of their income from Florida agriculture, natural resources and/or related industries;
• and, demonstrate strong leadership potential.
Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations close June 1 and applications are due no later than June 15. Class XII will begin in Gainesville in November 2023. To submit a nomination, visit https://tinyurl.com/ClassXII-Nominate.
Administered by University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and housed in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, WLIANR hosted its inaugural class in 1992. With approximately 450 program alumni (inclusive of participants and their spouses), WLI has become a staple for developing agricultural leaders who will become increasingly involved in the policy formation process.Read More
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Public health and emergency response professionals have advice to help you safely prepare, evacuate, and shelter for severe storms while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe during hurricane season this year.Read More
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|The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center) and Wedgworth Leadership Institute (WLI) are hosting a webinar to give an overview of the unique challenges agriculture and natural resources (ANR) leaders are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. PIE Center collected data from ANR leaders across the U.S. to find out their concerns related to COVID-19, specific effects leaders are seeing in agriculture and natural resources, and business impacts they are seeing. The survey ran March 16 through April 21, 2020.|
|The webinar will take place on May 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST.|
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In addition to domestic crop losses, foreign, unfairly priced high volumes of Mexican imports continue to surge across the border, over-saturating the U.S. market and driving prices below the economical point to harvest, pack, cool and ship the domestic product.Read More